Kel, Adam and I saw Henry Rollins‘ spoken word tour last night. As usual, it was funny, full of anger about things, and full of insight into the human nature. When I see Henry (this was the third tour I’ve seen live), there’s usually some insight to take away from it; this was no exception.
Henry attacked the concept of mobile phone conversations that are just to fill in time:
“Hey, it’s me. What are you doing?”
“Nothing. What are you doing?”
“Nothing. Hey… I’ve got another call coming in. Emoticon.”
Never mind the “hey it’s me” – I think it’s reasonable that in some relationships, you’ll recognise the voice; the idea of ’emoticon’ as a greeting, or a farewell, and the loss of ability to express yourself in English is what I’ll take away from last night’s concert.